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Any Given Sunday
Play or be Played.
A star quarterback gets knocked out of the game and an unknown third stringer is called in to replace him. The unknown gives a stunning performance and forces the aging coach to reevaluate his game plans and life. A new co-owner/president adds to the pressure of winning. The new owner must prove her self in a male dominated world.
A big steaming pile of shit, but a crazy, ambitious one that I can't help but admire. For all its OTT editing techniques, some sequences are cut together perfectly. But for the most part, the film is too "grand" for its own good. On the acting front, Foxx and Pacino are great here, even if they're just yelling all their lines. And Diaz isn't bad, unlike what everyone says.
But that "eye" scene really bugged me (if you've seen the film, you know what I'm talking about). It just seemed so out of place and was a terrible attempt at humor. This film as a whole, like I said, is a mess, but it's such a bloated and energetic mess that I'll have to give it a pass. For now.
I remember when I saw this film for the very first time ... I was in high school ... my sophomore year on the football team ... and it was a friday afternoon after school ended. The football team always stayed after school, and we would all hang out in the locker room and relax, just getting out minds off things to help us prepare for the night's game. Sometimes we would even watch football movies. Well, on this day, we watched "ANY GIVEN SUNDAY", and I can tell you right now ... my first impression/opinion of this film when I first saw it all the way back then ... it has not changed one single bit.
Words can not…
Oliver Stone is a self-indulgent filmmaker. It's just what he does. As early as Platoon, he was indulging the viewer in the cruel and deceitful side of war, a tell all of his personal accounts and he was rewarded accolade after accolade for it. I believe after this, his ego was inflated to an unmeasurable degree. His films continued a mountainside climb of scope and rigid bias and coked up editing and unfiltered testosterone.
I don't believe a sport in movies has been as glorified as it is in Any Given Sunday. Stone strives to pound me into submission with a nonstop barrage of editing that turns character into parody and plot into a music video. He splices clips of…
keeps hammering at the idea that money/corporatization poisoned the purity of the sport, but not even Stone seems to believe that bullshit. his narrative is compromised by the demands of an audience-friendly underdog come-from-behind sports movie. but if you're like me you showed up for his crackpot associative indictment of masculinity, something he directly compares to a competition that's supposedly no longer meaningful. and as for football, Stone prefigures DJANGO UNCHAINED with Jamie Foxx's attacks on the sport as institutionalized, culturally valorized Mandingo fighting. making a satire out of a sprawling subject like this requires a pretty deft touch, one Stone doesn't really possess. thankfully he makes polemics instead.
Oliver Stone lacks discipline.
This mantra kept lingering in my head throughout Any Given Sunday, a film that proves Oliver Stone should be smacked across his face and sent to bed without any dinner, until he learns how to make a proper film.
The film's true problem lies in its editing. Stone seems to be so concerned with creating chaotic, frustrating montages that feel more like a disorganized and uninteresting movie than scenes from a cohesive film. Any time a scene is developed between two characters that feels remotely interesting and dramatic, Stone ruins it with his ridiculous editing style.
It doesn't help either that at 157 minutes, the film feels way too long. Maybe at two hours, I would…
I have quite enjoyed every Oliver Stone movie I have watched thus far. The one that reaaaaally blew me away was Natural Born Killers. He had a style in that one that was so ENERGETIC and INNOVATIVE. My goodness it was breathtaking. This film has a similar technique. It's like a war film, fast cutting, disorienting shots. I really enjoyed it. What separates this movie though from NBK is that this one, unfortunately, doesn't have as much content to balance out the impressive technical filmmaking.
Had the movie been done without the Stone approach I can't imagine another director being able to enhance the flat screenplay. There is an interesting cast of characters, with many great actors playing them, but…
Entertaining in spite of itself.
This might be my favourite Oliver Stone film aside from Platoon.
Nota = 5,5
Holy shit is this a late 90's film. So so dated.
This is one of a small handful of sports movies that actually make me give a shit about sports. While Stone's film doesn't hit quite as hard as the best football film "North Dallas Forty", it manages to deal with the politics, commercialization and health risks of playing this game. Stone uses football to further themes from his Vietnam films about camaraderie amongst those sent into battle, while simultaneously having doubt about whether the war can or should ever be won.
Much like "Platoon", the film is cast with a multi-racial cast with nearly every character, whether you like them or not, given the chance to voice their perspective. You first think you should automatically sympathize with Pacino's Coach D'Amato.…
De todos os subgêneros do cinema, os filmes de esporte costumam ser os mais motivadores e inspiradores. Exemplos vêm de todas as áreas do esporte: basquete, baseball, futebol americano, boxe, hockey e etc. A superação, com seus personagens sendo submetidos a confrontação dos seus maiores medos e tragédias. A transformação, onde através de poderosas descobertas interiores, o protagonista corrige e aprende com seus piores defeitos. O sacrifício, na busca pela sobrevivência e ultrapassando limites rumo ao seu destino.
Este mês um grande drama esportivo completa 15 anos de seu lançamento aqui no Brasil. 'Um Domingo Qualquer', do diretor Oliver Stone é quase que uma sátira do dia-a-dia nos bastidores de uma equipe de futebol americano profissional, desde o funcionamento do…
Una manera muy buena de saber como es el mundo de la NFL, con sus penas y alegrías, por dentro. Todos los actores de renombre están muy bien, pero especialmente Al Pacino como coach. Jamie Foxx espectacular como joven estrella que se le sube la fama a la cabeza y Dennis Quaid como el veterano capitán del equipo. La película de fútbol americano por excelencia.
Any Given Sunday is a good film looking more on to the behind the scenes rather than the actual game itself, as evidenced in the films extremely long runtime which make drain some people. The film gives what some would say are clichés in what to expect from a football film: you’ve got the unknown kid that’ nervous that becomes an overnight sensation, turning him into a cocky asshole, the ageing coach trying to remain in the game that he loves even though it’s changing direction and the crocked up veteran who questions how long can he continue for? The beats may be familiar and a tad bit dragged out, it’s the performances from the cast though that make the…
It's certainly not perfect, but man it is a f*cking great movie that is among my personal favourites. I know the editing and cuts are maybe a bit much at times and it's maybe a bit too long, but in my eyes it all works within the film.
The "inch" speech does it every time.
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